In an effort to unify various online services, Sony is ditching the nearly 5-year old Playstation Network and ushering in the Sony Entertainment Network, or SEN.
What does this mean for current PSN users? Not much. You can keep your current PSN ID and password, it is essentially just a name change more fitting of where Sony wants to take the network; in their words, “ establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.”
The change will occur on February 8th, with a System Software Update and some new Terms of Service that no one will read. Sony’s currently sending e-mails out to all PSN users notifying them of the change, but if you haven’t yet received yours, here’s a sample:
On February 8, 2012, your “PlayStation®Network account” will be renamed a “Sony Entertainment Network account” or a “SEN account” in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation®3 system software and PlayStation®Vita system software updates. (Note, this change will not be applied to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system at this time.)
This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation®Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network.” This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during this transition.
The Sony Entertainment Network Team